Blog: Hawaii: Four Islands in Five Days

Hotels & Resorts

Hawaii is one of the best places on the globe for groups wanting to step out of the frantic pace of the business world and into a relaxing environment where employees can rejuvenate their energy and gain a fresh perspective on their work. So, on the surface, a whirlwind multi-island media trip involving five plane […]


Blogger Bash!

Industry Events

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 150 California bloggers to attend a Mad Men themed social media cocktail party hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California’s largest convention center. And as a double whammy, we were also celebrating an anniversary. […]


A Welcome Blog!


Hello. I’m Josef Aukee and I have just joined the Smart Meetings editorial team as the new managing editor. If that sounds like a confession—it is. I’m thrilled to have found a fine place to share my travel stories, ideas and experiences that began as long ago as those Brady Bunch-style driving journeys I did […]


Build a Better Blog

Technology News

?Blogging seems so old school these days, with so many people glued to their BlackBerrys and iPhones, typing out (or reading) their 140-character tweets. But while the promoters of Web 2.0 and social marketing keep blaring about the merits of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as the latest and greatest way to connect with your social […]

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Sanctuary Convention Center Coming this Fall to Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

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Last week, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta announced that it will soon be able to accommodate bigger meetings in the Riviera Nayarit region of Mexico. The Sanctuary Convention Center is coming to the all-inclusive property this fall, and will be the largest convention center facility in the popular meetings destination. A 12,916-square-foot addition will elevate Hard […]

Take Event Management Online

Techno Files: Take Event Management Online


7 ways technology streamlines events for planners and attendees There’s no denying it: Events are among the top ways to engage customers and prospects. In their annual B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America report, Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs rank in-person events as the most effective B2B marketing tactic for the fifth consecutive […]


7 Tips for Managing Interns

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Many firms welcome interns to the work place, but in a blog posting on hotelsmag.com Larry Mogelonsky points out that they are more than just temporary recruits brought in to handle menial tasks. The Toronto-based marketing expert offers the following 7 tips for effectively managing interns. Create a plan for the intern, defining in general terms what […]

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A Quest for Authenticity


Crater with trails, Haleakala National Park, Maui Meeting groups are seeking traditional Hawaiian experiences Hawaii continues to be a major destination for meeting groups throughout the world, but in the past few years, attendees and other visitors have been seeking more traditional Hawaiian experiences. “They still expect sun, surf and sand from Hawaii, but want […]

Interesting Facts About Air Travel

11 Interesting Facts About Air Travel


Meeting planners who spend a lot of time on airplanes may think they know all about air travel, but there a lot of myths and secrets in the commercial aviation industry. Writer Megan Snedden of Roadwarriorvoices.com has come up with some fascinating, little-known facts about air travel. How many of these were you aware of? 1. […]

Loyalty Programs

4 Ways to Get Millennials in Loyalty Programs

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Millennials seem like a hotel marketer’s dream. They’re tech savvy, they’re business-minded, they have disposable income, they’re not shy about giving their personal info and they frequently travel for business and pleasure. However, a study done by Software Advice earlier this year shows that only 14 percent of millennials ages 18-34 belong to hotel loyalty […]